My current theory based on the now publicly available evidence, is that a group of political fixers/saboteurs inside the DOJ/FBI made Trump's incoming Nat'l Security Advisor the target of a frame.
They were aware of her numerous pay-for-play schemes, garnering massive foreign bribes for herself & others.
They determined that if they could listen in on Trump campaign team communications, they were SURE to collect evidence of pay for play schemes Trump was setting up.
They were not caught unawares, they expected this.
And it worked exactly as intended.
They need that surveillance NOW so they can start collecting evidence of all the sweet sweet pay for play Trump is using Manafort to set up.
They need an INSURANCE POLICY in case by some miracle, Trump beats Hillary.
Neither do they have 1 for Jared Kushner.
Manafort isn't there any more. He served his purpose as a target and was ditched once the suckers took the bait.
Page isn't there any more. Was always a fringe figure to begin with.
To their shock, the long shot actually happens. Trump actually DOES win the election.
Now they need that insurance policy MORE THAN EVER.
And they will have to find it WITHOUT FISA surveillance.
1 of the people who will tasked with doing that is Trump's incoming National Security Advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
He lost that job as the head of the DIA for publicly contradicting Obama's false narrative about ISIS & other terrorist groups.
Especially phone calls on unsecured phones.
Flynn knew the Obama administration would know everything he discussed with Kislyak about ten minutes after he hung up.
The US intel community [IC] always monitors these communications from Russian agents on our soil & you don't need a FISA warrant.
And the Russian sanctions are a transition issue. There was nothing illegal whatsoever about Flynn discussing them with Kislyak.
But note how Ignatius frames his questions about these phone calls: as if it's a mystery exactly what Flynn said to Kislyak.
When Flynn read this column, he would INSTANTLY grasp the narrative being launched here.
The MEDIA is launching a narrative that by calling Kislyak he did A Very Bad Thing because he apparently thought he was doing a secret deal nobody else would know about.
FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Flynn knew those weren't 'private' phone calls, there was no secrecy involved in the discussions and he knows that STZOK knows this.
Flynn realizes Strzok is asking him loaded questions based on the false narrative.
I know *I* wouldn't
And he has pleaded guilty to giving false statements to Strzok.
Think Flynn & his team didn't know about THIS being launched on January 12th?
He was already a dead man walking.
I'll bet he got a lot of 'atta boys!' and pats on the back.
There was never any Russian collusion to be found, either from the FISA wiretaps, the Flynn investigation or Mueller's special counsel investigation.
And Strzok & several others are going to prison.